When you display a new slide in your presentation, pause for a couple of seconds to let your audience take it in. Then, they’ll be able to turn their attention to you.
If you speak immediately, their attention is divided and you’re competing with the slide. This competition for attention between you and the slide is actually a little uncomfortable for the audience because people don’t want conflict inside their brain. They don’t want to have to choose.
So make it easy for them. Think of the pause as a courtesy to your audience. You’re giving them the gift of a moment of silence so they can better understand your slide because you launch into your explanation.
When you write out what you’ll say, you can even include pause instructions to yourself, like this:
[SLIDE 3 – PAUSE]
This will help you get into the habit of pausing while you use your script for practice. Because its a rhythm thing; you’ll need to get used to it.
Do you have a habit of pausing after you display a new slide?